Beyond Belief: A Buddhist Critique of Fundamentalist by A.L. De Silva

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E very fact that early Christians committed this forgery suggests that they did so precisely because there was so little that Jesus ever lived. is is not to say that he didn’t exist but only that there is no independent evidence that he did. rophecies about and by esus () Every time there is a change in the turbulent politics of the  Middle East, fundamentalist Christians will open their Bibles and loudly proclaim that the newest crisis has been foretold or prophesied centuries ago. ese so-called prophecies are bandied about for a while and then quietly dropped when they don’t come to completion in the way the Christians claimed they would.

E Buddha had put aside hatred and filled his mind with love and compassion so approving of war was impossible for him. dea of ustice Justice is the quality of being fair and one who is just acts fairly and in accordance with what is right. However, ideas about what is fair and right differ from time to time and from person to person. Christians claim that God is just so by examining his actions we will be able to know his concept of justice. God tells us that anybody who disobeys him will be punished “seven times  over” (Lev :), that is, one sin will be punished seven times.

Rather, he advised him to think carefully before making such an important decision: Make a careful investigation first, Upali. ). e Buddha then encouraged Upali to keep offering donations to the Jain religion. He said this because he was able to appreciate the good in other religions and because he was free from envy and jealousy. ” en the Lord said, “ose who say this are not reporting my words, they misrepresent me and tell lies. Truly, whoever discourages anyone from giving charity hinders in three ways.

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